byfreer washable 3 layer face mask.
The byfreer mask incorporates a mix of cloths ranging from cotton to linen and/or silk and incorporates a middle layer of polyester (non-natural fibre) as generally recommended.
To quote Dr. Norman Swan:
"What will kill most germs is to wash your mask with detergent and water and let it dry."
To quote Dr. Philip Russo:
Dr. Russo (an associate professor at Monash University and president of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control,) said "the advice on the wearing of face masks had remained largely the same".
“If you can’t maintain physically distancing, then wear a mask,”
Dr. Russo (is also deputy chair of a group of infection control experts advising the AHPPC and meets every week), and he says he is also worried some people may feel overprotected by masks and forget the other health advice that governments have worked hard to communicate.
To quote; “My concern is that the key message throughout this discussion with masks, is that you still have to perform hand hygiene and keep that physical distancing. Masks alone won’t protect you. There’s a danger people will forget those key messages.”
Prof Lidia Morawska of the Queensland University of Technology says the evidence that masks work to reduce the amount of pathogens people can inhale is well established.
“Saying there’s no evidence [that they can help] was simply wrong,” she said. “The body of evidence about the efficiency of masks has existed long before this pandemic.”
A face mask is only as effective as your hygiene and distancing. Face masks are not a complete shield against the virus - touching your mask if you have the virus on your hands could lead to infection. Which is why personal hygiene, hand washing and physical distancing are so important.
(NB: Due to obvious issues of hygiene, standard byfreer return policies do not apply to any face mask products purchased from the byfreer website, thru social media or from our stores.)